May 11, 2012
Counting over hundreds of sheep, tossing and turning for that perfect position on your bed, eyes closed but mind wide awake for hours—sound familiar? This is you in dire desperation for sleep. Mostly as a result of lifestyle choices, a significant number of people have occasional bouts of insomnia and the inability to land a successful good night’s sleep. In this article, we will talk about the most common reasons on why people just can’t sleep.
Your body should be in the perfect condition for you to fall asleep. Here are some things you must consider:
2. You’re stressed
When you’re stressed with upsetting matters, your brain sends a message to the body to release hormones that heighten alertness and prepare it for action. So don’t agonize over these events. When your emotions are in rage, unburden by writing them down or talk to a trusted person to boil over. Unwind your tangled emotions before retreating to bed. You can’t fall asleep when you think too much (e.g. about finances, plans for the day or week ahead, work, etc.). Remember that sleep has its prerequisites; a sound mind is to a sound body.
3. You don’t have a sleep schedule
Busy individuals keep such odd schedules that their bodies and brains often don’t slow down even when they’re supposed to. Having a consistent sleep time and schedule is important to remind your body when to doze off.
Invite yourself to sleep in a regular pattern. However, do not exaggerate and look at the clock every second it ticks. Doing so will only bring you more frustration and aggravate your problem in sleeping.
Also, our biological clocks reacts differently according to our body’s response to light. Studies show that sunlight and regular indoor lighting are interpreted by our bodies as active signals, while very little or no light at all means preparing to slow down and rest. To help your body’s rhythm to remain in a natural and undisturbed state, it’s advisable to incorporate lighting with time.
4. You’re distracted by your gadgets
Make it a point to use your bed for just one reason: sleeping. Don’t watch television, listen to music, play with smartphone applications, work, or do anything in bed that requires moderate or deep thinking when you’re about to sleep. These activities stimulate the brain, hence affecting how quickly you will be able to fall asleep.
Moreover, nuisances from the news feed or TV programs may possibly serve as obstacles to your sleep process. Keep in mind that graphic and disturbing materials could spawn nightmares, and these could in turn impact the stages in your sleep. As such, you must really discipline yourself and teach your mind and body that going to bed means sleeping alone.
5. Your medication keeps you awake
Sometimes the medicine you take may have side effects that hinder you from an easy slumber. Read the labels carefully and make sure that the medicine doesn’t have those side effects that may keep you from the sleep you rightfully deserve.
When sleeping problems persist despite your efforts to change your lifestyle as suggested above, get up and do something relaxing for a bit and try again. Do not teach your body to turn to sleeping pills which mask rather than solve the problem and can lead to addiction. If sleeping problems are recurring, maybe it’s time to consult a doctor. Do not suffer with sleeping problems in silence, else other problems like restlessness and irritability will crop up.
Good luck and sweet dreams!
Treisha is a portrait of a modern-day party girl. Nights of dancing and socializing are not uncommon in Treisha’s life, but she claims to know and respect her limits. When responsibilities and opportunities align themselves, she knows how to prioritize them and keep them in order. Treisha works part-time as a blog manager and writer for Uratex Blog.